Practice Relating to Rule 92. Mutilation and Medical, Scientific or Biological Experiments
Azerbaijan’s Law concerning the Protection of Civilian Persons and the Rights of Prisoners of War (1995) provides that in international and non-international armed conflicts, medical or scientific experiments on prisoners of war are prohibited.
Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code (1999) provides that medical, biological or other experiments and the removal of internal organs are violations of the laws and customs of war.
In 1994, in a note to foreign embassies and all international humanitarian organizations in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan denounced cases of removal of organs for transplantation by the adverse party.
In 2007, in its third periodic report to the Human Rights Committee, Azerbaijan stated:
Pursuant to the provisions of article 15 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the following acts are prohibited in criminal prosecutions:
“(b) Subjecting suspects to experiments or procedures which are of long duration or involve severe physical suffering or temporary health disorders, and also the application of any other comparable trials …”.